Clinton “is doing well” and will soon be leaving the hospital

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ORANGE, California (AP) – Bill Clinton is doing well and will soon be released from a hospital in Southern California where he is being treated for an infection, said President Joe Biden.

Biden said on Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken with Clinton and the former president “sending his best.”

“He feels good; he really is, says Biden.

“He’s not in any serious condition,” Biden said. “He’s coming out soon, as I understand it. I do not know if it is tomorrow or the next day. ”

Clinton, 75, was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center, southeast of Los Angeles, on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, his spokesman said.

An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but he is recovering and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

Clinton’s spokesman Angel Ureña said on Friday that Clinton would remain in hospital overnight to receive additional intravenous antibiotics.

“All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood cell count, which has dropped significantly,” Ureña said in a statement.

“President Clinton continues to be in a good mood and is deeply grateful for the outstanding care he receives and the blessings that people have sent from all over America and around the world,” the statement said.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital provided his name was not used, said Clinton was in an intensive care unit at the hospital but did not receive ICU care.

Clinton read books and watched television coverage of his hospital stay, the assistant said. Hillary Clinton was with him at the hospital, but not his daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has been exposed to health fears. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pain and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.

He responded by adopting a largely vegan diet that saw him lose weight and report improved health.

Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, fighting for Democratic candidates, most notably his wife Hillary, during her failed 2008 presidential bid. And in 2016, when Hillary Clinton ran for the White House as a Democratic nominee, Bill Clinton – then grandfather and nearly 70 – returned to the campaign track.

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Associated Press author Zeke Miller contributed from Hartford, Connecticut. Associated Press author Alexandra Jaffe contributed from Washington.

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